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Buccaneers Mock Draft Roundup, 11.0

NFL Draft analysts weigh in on the Buccaneers' No. 9 pick.


Heading into the 2015 NFL Draft, the Buccaneers held the No. 1 overall pick and had their sights set on a drafting a quarterback. The team would eventually select Jameis Winston, who went on to throw for 4,042 yards, the third-most ever by a rookie. The Bucs hold the No. 9 pick this year and could select a player at a number of different positions, from defensive end to cornerback to offensive tackle. Below is a look at what a handful of NFL Draft experts think the Buccaneers will do in the first round. 

Who do you think the Bucs will take? Cast your vote by clicking **HERE*****BUCCANEERS.COM FAN POLL**: Cornerback * ***ESPN** *Todd McShay (April 21): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Mel Kiper (April 21): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Charlie Casserly (April 21): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Lance Zierlien (April 23): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Daniel Jeremiah (April 19): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Charles Davis (April 20): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: April 21
"I'm a firm believer that Lawson is going to be one of the steals of the draft, and it seems that I am no longer alone in my thinking. He has ridiculous upside and can rush the passer in a way that very few players in this draft can. Tampa Bay needs to bolster their pass rush, and there's no better way to do so than by adding Lawson."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: April 21
"Tampa needs to address the cornerback position this draft and Hargreaves is a tough-minded, instinctive cover man who is ready to start from Day One in the NFL."

Updated: April 21
"It's borderline stunning that Bosa could land in Tampa Bay without the Bucs moving up, but here we are. Unless the Bucs' brass, for whatever reason, has Shaq Lawson as the higher-rated defensive end, this should be one of those race-to-the-podium type picks.​"

Leonard Floyd, DE/LB, Georgia
Updated: April 15
"It's quite apparent that Tampa needed someone better to get to the quarterback, and while it already added Robert Ayers, a long-term option is needed. Fortunately for the front office, this class is loaded with talented edge rushers.

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Updated: April 25
"Rankins is the top-rated 4-3, one-gap defensive tackle in the draft. While the Bucs already have McCoy, drafting Rankins gives them another disruptive interior pass rusher and insurance at the three-technique in case he gets injured. New defensive coordinator Mike Smith had a pair of Pro Bowl defensive tackles in Marcus Stroud and John Henderson in Jacksonville, and St. Louis spent a first-round pick on defensive tackle Aaron Donald in 2014 just two years after drafting defensive tackle Michael Brockers in the first round in 2012. It's not unheard of for a team to have two talented defensive tackles, and Rankins has the traits to be special."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: April 21
"Bucs general manager Jason Licht won big by sticking close to "home" with FSU quarterback Jameis Winston a year ago and may take a similar path with Hargreaves, a three-time All-SEC pick. Hargreaves is a scrappy playmaker with terrific agility and instincts for the position."

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
Updated: April 20
"He is an athletic player who would give them some juice on the edge to go with a group of so-so veterans."

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Updated: April 22

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